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There is no single “diabetes diet” that you can follow, but by working with your doctor, nurse practitioner, and, specifically, with a registered dietitian, you will be able to come up with a personalized diet plan that will help you and fit your lifestyle and food preferences.

One of the first things that you will learn is that you CAN eat simply have to make sure that carbohydrates are part of a healthy and balanced diet. It is important to include carbohydrates in your diet, but you need to make sure you are eating the right carbohydrates and are eating them in moderation. Try eating high fiber foods like whole grain bread, legumes, beans, fruits and vegetables. The higher the fiber content, the better you can regulate your glucose levels.

You should also try to include fresh fruits rather than canned fruits and fresh and/or frozen vegetables rather than canned as canned vegetables contain high levels of salt. Protein is also a very important part of your overall diet, but as with carbohydrates, should be eaten in moderation. A moderate piece of meat, chicken or fish should be the size of a deck of cards. You can find appropriate protein sources in lean meat, poultry, fish, and low fat dairy products.

Another important element in a healthy diet is water. Drinking six to eight glasses per day is recommended, unless you have other underlying health conditions that require more or less than the recommended daily amount. Talk to a member of your clinical team for further advice and direction.